Preparation time: 30 minutes plus chilling time
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Makes 20

Put the chickpeas, garlic, onion, cilantro (coriander), parsley, cumin, pepper, salt, mint, ground coriander, and baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) into a food processor and process until smooth and thoroughly combined. Tip the mixture into a dish and press down with the back of a spoon. Cover with plastic wrap (clingfilm) and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Use a falafel mold to make 20 falafels, cleaning it each time with hot water. If you don’t have a mold, take walnut-size pieces of the mixture and shape into small patties with your hands. Heat the corn oil in a deep pan. Add the falafel, in batches, and cook until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, and keep warm while you cook the remaining batches. Serve hot.